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What conditions can peppermint oil help with?

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  • Dietary supplements containing peppermint oil are also used by some people for the following conditions, although there is no clear evidence that they are helpful: Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Morning sickness
  • Cramps of the upper gastrointestinal tract and bile ducts
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Inflammation of the mouth and throat
  • Sinus and respiratory infections
  • Menstrual problems

From: Peppermint Oil WebMD Medical Reference

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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Peppermint Oil,” “Irritable Bowel Syndrome and CAM: At a Glance.” 

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Peppermint.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 26, 2017

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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Peppermint Oil,” “Irritable Bowel Syndrome and CAM: At a Glance.” 

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Peppermint.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 26, 2017

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